By Pam George

What is the correct way to approach this suggestion?

This battle is the never ending battle countless people try to win. There is endless diet, weight loss, and exercise information that seems to be everywhere, yet here you are being told you need to lose weight.

How do you start?

Your options are endless. Websites abound with information. Books have been written by every authority, professional, doctor, and celebrity. Do you currently have other medical conditions or limitations that need addressed? Consider that most people being told they need to lose weight by their doctor are being told that because they went to their doctor for a medical checkup and or medical condition that has made their weight a factor.

Let’s start your journey!

Now that you are aware you have to take that first step. Look for a certified trainer to guide you on your fitness journey. Your trainer should listen to you, evaluate your present fitness level, look at pre-existing conditions, and help you develop a long term goal strategy. Certification tells you that your trainer has learned and been tested on proven strategies and can keep you safe in the process.

Deciding where to exercise:

Exercise should be part of everyday.  The more you move throughout the day the easier weight loss becomes. If you are thinking of joining a fitness center it should be convenient and accessible. In addition to making the YMCA affordable, the YMCA also tries to foster a sense of community among its members.  Exercise is easier in a place where you are valued, where people know your name, and where you want to be.

You can’t outrun your fork.

In addition to exercise, get advice from a trained health coach or nutritionist. You need to educate yourself on why are you gaining weight. The food you consume… or the food you don’t consume I should say… plays a huge part in the weight you gain and lose.

What happens to your body when you lose weight?

Losing weight on the scale is not the answer to the problem of weight gain. Your body is composed of different types of tissue. Fat is a tissue.  Muscle is a tissue.  You want to keep the muscle and lose the fat. You can’t see that in the number on the scale.  Instead of focusing on the number, commit to get fit.  Staying on the journey for the long haul is the answer. True body composition change takes time. Staying motivated and developing healthy habits instead of your current ones will take patience and perseverance.

How much weight is realistic to lose in a month?

3500 calories is a pound of fat.  Yes that’s right, but a slow metabolism from years of inactivity or unhealthy eating means it’s more than calories in and calories out. Convincing your body to let go of stored body fat means you will lose inches and not necessarily weight on the scale, therefore one to two pounds is a realistic amount of weight loss per week.

Your body is a magnificent machine.  It is capable of healing itself if you feed it a wholesome array of food and a daily dose of exercise. The YMCA is your partner in good health… with certified trainers and Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches on staff, we can help you get there today.

Pam George